Chișinău International Airport

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Chișinău International Airport

Aeroportul Internațional Chișinău
Chisinau Airport KIV.jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorChișinău International Airport Company
LocationChișinău, Moldova
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL399 ft / 122 m
Coordinates46°55′40″N 028°55′51″E / 46.92778°N 28.93083°E / 46.92778; 28.93083Coordinates: 46°55′40″N 028°55′51″E / 46.92778°N 28.93083°E / 46.92778; 28.93083
KIV is located in Moldova
Location in Moldova
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 3,590 11,778 Concrete
09/27 to be activated 2,383 7,818 Concrete
Statistics (2018)
Aircraft movements27,949Increase
Sources: Moldavian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Aircraft movements (data for 2015)[3]

Chișinău International Airport (IATA: KIV, ICAO: LUKK) is Moldova's main international airport, located 13 km (8.1 mi) southeast of the centre of Chișinău, the capital city.[1] It serves as headquarters for Air Moldova, the country's national airline. The IATA airport code KIV is derived from Kishinev (the Russian name of the city).


Early years[edit]

The first scheduled flights to Chișinău started on 24 June 1926, on the route BucharestGalați – Chișinău and Iași. The flights were operated by CFRNA, later LARES.[4] A commemorative plaque, describing the first flight to Chișinău, was placed in the airport.

The main terminal was built in the 1970s, with a capacity of 1,200,000 passengers per year.

Development since the 1990s[edit]

On 31 May 1995 Chișinău Airport was awarded the status of an international airport.

In 2002, following works by the Turkish company Akfen Holding, the airport was modernized. An annex terminal building with an area of 4,270 m2 (46,000 sq ft) was added to the renovated old terminal building of 7,600 m2 (82,000 sq ft). The project covered construction of 3,000 m2 (32,000 sq ft) curtain walls, 3,200 m2 (34,000 sq ft) composite panels, 12,185 m2 (131,160 sq ft) asphalt road, a treatment plant with a capacity of 3,450 m3 (122,000 cu ft) a day, complete mechanical heating, ventilation and electrical systems, along with the X-ray security, luggage handling, master clock, and flight information systems. The annual capacity of the airport had increased to 5.4 million passengers.[5]

Chișinău International Airport is a member of Airports Council International.

Future plans[edit]

There are plans to enlarge the airport.[6] The project involves 19 million loan to Chișinău International Airport for the rehabilitation and upgrade of the existing runway, taxiways, aprons, and ramps, engineering works, safety equipment and other connected core assets of Chișinău International Airport. The European Investment Bank ('EIB') is considering co-financing alongside the EBRD for up to an equal amount.[7]


There were ten check-in desks and five gates at the airport in 2009.[8] VIP and CIP guests are offered special services at the VIP terminal. A visitors' terrace in the second floor opened in December 2006.

Previously passengers had to present their passport, ticket and their registration (of foreigners – which used to be required). Passengers were allowed in the check-in hall. With the introduction of e-tickets and the abolition of the registration for foreigners the airport reorganized in late 2006. This resulted in a bigger check-in hall and customs control is now after check-in.

Towards the end of 2017, plans for a second runway were unveiled. This runway would take the place of the current taxiway just north of the existing runway. The project began in early 2017. Runway 09-27 started operations on 13 September 2018.[9].

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Air Moldova Barcelona, Beauvais, Beirut, Bologna, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Istanbul, Krasnodar, Larnaca, Lisbon, London–Stansted, Madrid, Milan–Malpensa, Moscow–Domodedovo, Nice, Rome–Fiumicino, Saint Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Thessaloniki, Turin, Venice, Verona, Vienna
Seasonal charter: Antalya, Heraklion, İzmir, Sharm El Sheikh, Tivat
Arkia Seasonal: Tel Aviv
AtlasGlobal Seasonal charter: Antalya
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Belavia Minsk
FlyOne Dublin, London–Southend, Moscow–Vnukovo, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Parma, Verona
Seasonal: Lisbon
Seasonal charter: Antalya, Bodrum, Heraklion, İzmir, Sharm El Sheikh
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt
TAROM Bucharest
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Seasonal charter: Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev–Boryspil
Wizz Air Barcelona, Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bologna, Charleroi, Doncaster/Sheffield (begins 20 December 2019), Dortmund, Friedrichshafen (begins 17 September 2019), Larnaca (begins 20 December 2019), London–Luton, Memmingen, Prague (begins 18 December 2019), Rome–Ciampino (ends 26 October 2019), Rome–Fiumicino (begins 29 October 2019), Treviso, Turin (begins 21 December 2019), Verona, Vienna (begins 28 October 2019)
Seasonal: Athens


DHL Aviation Bucharest


Airport at night
Aerial view of the airport

In graph[edit]

See source Wikidata query.


Year Passengers (total)[10][11][12] Change Aircraft movements (total)[13] Change Cargo (tonnes)[14] Change
2000 254,178 N/A 9,521 N/A 2,400
2001 274,662 Increase 8% 9,866 Increase 3.6% 1,700
2002 296,431 Increase 7.9% 10,416 Increase 5.5% 1,300
2003 341,695 Increase 15.2% 9,502 Decrease 8.7% 1,300
2004 421,011 Increase 23.2% 10,759 Increase 13.2% 1,400
2005 482,741 Increase 14.6% 11,126 Increase 3.4% 1,700
2006 548,331 Increase 13.5% 10,065 Decrease 9.5% 1,800
2007 688,782 Increase 25.6% 11,623 Increase 15.4% 2,300
2008 847,881 Increase 23.1% 12,935 Increase 11.3% 2,468.8
2009 808,096 Decrease 4.7% 12,355 Decrease 4.5% 2,033.2 Decrease 17.6%
2010 937,030 Increase 15.9% 13,751 Increase 11.3% 2,399.2 Increase 18%
2011 1,046,086 Increase 11.6% 15,022 Increase 9.2% 2,666.2 Increase 11.1%
2012 1,220,506 Increase 16.7% 16,113 Increase 7.3% 2,765.4 Increase 3.7%
2013 1,321,236 Increase 8.2% 16,858 Increase 4.6% 2,951.8 Increase 6.7%
2014 1,781,166 Increase 34.8% 19,756 Increase 17.2% 2,923.5 Decrease 0.9%
2015 2,226,441 Increase 25% 22,468 Increase 13.7% 2,891.8 Decrease 1.1%
2016 2,206,266 Decrease 0.9% 22,033 Decrease 1.9% 2,774.3 Decrease 4.1%
2017 2,744,465 Increase 24.4% 27,113 Increase 23.1% 3,488.7 Increase 25.7%
2018 2,828,626 Increase 3.1% 27,949 Increase 3.1% 4,186.6 Increase 20%


Busiest international routes at Chisinau Airport by weekly flights
Rank City Airport(s) Weekly Departures
(September 2019) [15]
1. Russia Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport
Moscow Domodedovo Airport
Vnukovo International Airport
49 Aeroflot
Air Moldova
2. Romania Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport 25 TAROM
3. Turkey Istanbul Istanbul Airport 20 Air Moldova, Turkish Airlines
4. Turkey Antalya Antalya Airport 20 Air Moldova
5. United Kingdom London Luton Airport
London Southend Airport
London Stansted Airport
16 Wizz Air
Air Moldova
6. Germany Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport 13 Air Moldova
7. Austria Vienna Vienna International Airport 13 Air Moldova, Austrian Airlines
8. Italy Milan Milan Malpensa Airport
Orio al Serio International Airport
9 Air Moldova
Wizz Air
9. Italy Verona Verona Villafranca Airport 9 Air Moldova, FlyOne, Wizz Air
10. Poland Warsaw Warsaw Chopin Airport 9 LOT Polish Airlines

Other facilities[edit]

Ground transportation[edit]

There are bus and trolleybus lines and rutierele frequently departing from the airport (aerogara). Rutieră line 165 passes through the Botanica district and continues to the city center. The 'AEROGARA' bus departs from Piața D. Cantemir and has intermediate stops in the city center on Stefan Cel Mare street. It also stops at the central railway station 'GARA' bus station. A trolleybus bus with the route 30 operates with a 20-minute interval from June 2017. This is different from rutierele, which may stop at any time, given the driver is notified a few seconds prior.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "EAD Basic - Error Page". Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  2. ^ European Airport Traffic Trends at
  3. ^ In 2013 Chisinau International Airport carried a record number of passengers at
  4. ^ Airline companies in Rumania (1918–1945)[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Chișinău International Airport at
  6. ^ "Error 404". Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  7. ^ "All Press Releases". 16 March 2015. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  8. ^ About Chisinau International Airport Archived 2009-07-07 at the Wayback Machine at
  9. ^ "LIVE! Evenimentul de deschidere oficială a noii piste de aterizare/decolare a Aeroportului Chişinău". Realitatea Live!. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  10. ^ " European Airport Traffic Trends".
  11. ^ " EATS-European Airport Traffic Statistics". The Anker Report.
  12. ^ "Civil Aviation Authority Republic of Moldova Statistics". CAA Republic of Moldova.
  13. ^ "Civil Aviation Authority Republic of Moldova Statistics". CAA Republic of Moldova.
  14. ^ "Civil Aviation Authority Republic of Moldova Statistics". CAA Republic of Moldova.
  15. ^ "AIRPORT".
  16. ^ "Contacts Archived 2012-03-25 at the Wayback Machine." Civil Aviation Authority. Retrieved on 4 November 2011. "Postal address: Republica Moldova, Chisinau, Aeroport, MD-2026"

External links[edit]

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